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Kenyans try new world of HIV self-testing kits

Jan 19 , 2018

Truck drivers and prostitutes have taken to HIV self-testing like a duck to water, reveals recent studies.

In the latest of two studies, a majority of truck drivers and turn-boys in Nakuru chose ‘selfies’ or self-testing (self-testing is when you perform an HIV test on yourself, in private, and get an immediate result) instead of being tested by a health worker.

In the second study, prostitutes in Kisumu were used in what has been described as “successful distribution of self-test to their clients and partners”. Studies justifying the introduction of self-test kits in Kenya… read more


I was not drunk – motorist charged with killing two cyclists.

Jan 19 , 2018

Durban – Omesh Ramnarain, the motorist charged with crashing into and killing two cyclists on the M4 Highway leading out of Durban almost two years ago, says he was not drunk on the morning of the accident.

The Durban Regional Court on Monday heard his version that he had only consumed four cider drinks during that evening although at one stage “other patrons” at the bar had split drinks on him.

He also denied any negligence claiming that he was driving home at about 05:00 when he heard a “loud bang” and his windscreen shattered.

“I braked… read more


How Austin Malema Became South African Hip-Hop’s Most Sought-After Photographer

Jan 19 , 2018

SA hip-hop’s most popular photographer shares his journey.

You’ve seen almost all your favorite South African mainstream rappers credit Austin Malema on their Instagram photos.

“I’ve done two campaigns for Ciroc with Cassper Nyovest,” he says, listing some of his accolades that not many of us are aware of. Right now, at his apartment, he is seated in front of his iMac where he is retouching a photo and sending an image of an album cover he is working on.

The past three or so years have been busy for the photographer. His recent portraits… read more


Here’s what R100 buys you around the world right now

Jan 19 , 2018

The rand is currently enjoying one of its longest winning streaks since 2002, with the currency trading at R12.37 to the dollar on Monday, 8 January.

Notably it has been on the front foot since December, supported by investors’ hopes that the newly elected leader of the ruling ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, would push through business-friendly policies.

However, a Reuters poll held on Friday (5 January) found that the run is likely to end soon, with technical indicators now suggesting the rand is overbought.

There are also doubts about how much Ramaphosa, a promised reformer,… read more


Grace Mugabe ‘supported her ageing husband’s decision to resign’, says former aide

Jan 19 , 2018

Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe supported her ageing husband’s “decision to resign”, Robert Mugabe’s former spokesperson George Charamba has reportedly revealed.

Reports indicated that Grace had previously held her own presidential ambitions, as she reportedly led a campaign to get the then vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa out.

She was a key figure of the G40 faction that, until November 15, had the upper hand within the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Grace reportedly looked certain to become one of the country’s two vice presidents following… read more


Defective airbags: Bakkies, cars to be recalled in SA

Jan 18 , 2018

The South African auto industry is affected by ongoing defective Takata airbag recalls.

One of the automakers affected is Toyota with models such as its previous generation Hilux bakkie.

The safety recall is to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. Toyota SA issued a recall and special service campaign in July 2017.

In 2015, Toyota SA said it would replace airbag inflators in its Corolla, RunX and Yaris models (built from 2002 to 2007) and in its Rav4, Hilux and Fortuners (from July 2003 to December 2005).

Recall notice to local Hilux… read more


British MP claims UK law firm complicit in state capture in South Africa

Jan 18 , 2018

British politician Peter Hain has accused London-headquartered law firm Hogan Lovells of being complicit in state capture in South Africa.

Lord Hain, a Labour party peer and former anti-apartheid campaigner, is an outspoken critic of President Jacob Zuma, the Gupta family and companies he says have been involved in corruption linked to the SA government.

In his latest salvo in the UK House of Lords on Monday evening, Hain said that he had referred law firm Hogan Lovells to the UK’s Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for allegedly enabling corruption at the SA Revenue Service… read more


Travelstart buys Cape Town’s SafariNow

Dec 07 , 2017

Two of the biggest players in online travel in Africa are hooking up. Travelstart said on Wednesday that it is acquiring a majority stake in SafariNow.com, which it said is South Africa’s largest accommodation booking website.

The value of the deal, which will see Travelstart taking on SafariNow’s 40-person team, has not been disclosed.

SafariNow, which was founded in 1999, will stick to its core business of selling accommodation and retain its current brand, CEO, Tom Williams, and team, Travelstart said in a statement.

Travelstart and SafariNow both started operations… read more


Meet Little Foot – the most remarkable fossil discovery

Dec 07 , 2017

After 20 years of excavating, cleaning, reconstructing and casting, the oldest virtually complete human ancestor in South Africa was finally unveiled on Wednesday.

The skeleton of Little Foot, who wasn’t so little at the time of her death, was unveiled at the University of Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute.

The man behind the epic discovery, Professor Ron Clarke, said Little Foot was nicknamed by Professor Phillip Tobias.

“If that one small bone wouldn’t have been found then we wouldn’t have Little Foot,” he said.

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Angus & Julia Stone SA Tour 2018

Dec 07 , 2017

Multi-platinum selling Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone announce their first tour to South Africa with dates in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban at the end of January 2018. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 30 November and all info at http://parklifefestival.co.za

Cape Town fans will be the first to see Angus & Julia Stone live in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Thursday 25 January (Support to be announced).

Thereafter Jo’burg will look forward to their favourite Gourmet Food And Music Festival hosting Angus & Julia… read more